Development and Communications Coordinator

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New Brunswick, NJ
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New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition

Andrea Bichan
Development Consultant
  • Position: Development and Communications Coordinator
  • Status: Full time, Overtime Exempt
  • Location: New Brunswick, NJ. Hybrid position with regular weekly workdays in New Brunswick required. Must have capacity for virtual meetings through Zoom or phone calls.
  • Salary: $60,000
  • Reports to: Executive Director

The Role:

The Development and Communications Coordinator’s role is to coordinate and support the organization’s fundraising efforts through a variety of channels, provide support on grant proposals and reports, build up our community of monthly donors, design public-facing organizational communications, and manage administrative activities so that our communications smoothly align with our work to end the overdose crisis and promote the safety & dignity of people who use drugs. This role will work closely across departments to amplify and uplift the work of NJHRC to the public. This role will be supervised by NJHRC’s Executive Director and receive outside supervision and mentorship from a Development Consultant.

Job Duties:

(1) Development (65%)

  • Prospect for and identify potential institutional funders
  • Write, edit, and submit Letters of Intent ( LOIs), proposals, and reports
  • Write and execute annual digital fundraising campaigns
  • Assist with coordinating NJHRC’s annual celebration
  • Develop a targeted outreach strategy with the intent to increase funders of NJHRC and cultivate a community of monthly donors
  • Build relationships with monthly donors to increase repeat donors
  • Support the Executive Director and Development Consultant  in development activities, including drafting correspondence, prepping for and coordinating meetings, etc.

(2) Communications (15%)

  • Regularly update website copy
  • Write and coordinate NJHRC’s annual report
  • Support NJHRC’s email newsletter
  • Work with our program staff to identify and capture important stories and testimonials to demonstrate the impact of our work

(3) Administration (20%)

  • Manage grants calendar and cultivation pipeline
  • Ensure all donors are properly acknowledged 
  • Maintain updated files on the server to ensure information is easily accessible
  • Prepare donor acknowledgments and other public-facing outreach materials 
  • Manage donor and supporter data using Stripe and Action Network

Preferred Qualities:

  • Experience with grant writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Clear writing and sharp editing skills
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other staff, program participants, and external partners from a variety of different backgrounds
  • Commitment to racial justice, health equity, and the dignity and autonomy of people who use drugs

A Note to Potential Candidates:

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary people, and BIPOC candidates are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and we welcome the opportunity for new insight into our work. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to a competitive salary, NJHRC’s employee benefits package includes 100 percent employer-paid medical, dental, and vision coverage; 20 paid vacation days, 15 paid holidays, and half day “Summer Fridays” in July and August; an Employee Assistance Program; and a $1,500 annual discretionary professional development stipend as well as organization-wide professional development opportunities.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

NJHRC is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. NJHRC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnicity, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibility, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.  NJHRC is particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

How to Apply

We’re accepting applications through September 2, 2024 at 9am. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

  • To be considered, candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Applications that do not include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample will not be considered.
  • For your cover letter, we’re looking for a short letter giving the hiring team more information about what you would bring to NJHRC and this position. 
  • For your resume, we want to learn more about the experiences that have prepared you for this role, and no particular resume format is required or expected.
  • Your writing sample can be anything you have written to communicate an idea to an audience (e.g. op-ed, letter to the editor, article, social media posts). 


  • To apply, submit your application through BambooHR (our Human Resources software). The application will ask for a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no specific format required for your resume). Applications that do not include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample will not be considered.
  • Selected candidates will be invited to interview with multiple staff members.
  • Final candidates will be asked to provide two professional references who can speak to previous experiences that have prepared you for this position.


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